Women. When did women begin to appear on a regular basis at sessions, given that many pubs didn’t allow women into the bar, as distinct from the lounge, until the late sixties and early seventies.
Did women have a hard struggle to obtain admission into sessions, and a longer struggle to become accepted.
Given the history of Ireland with regard to women, the presense of ultra conservatives controlling the music, with numerous unwritten rules and elitist attitudes, I think it would be safe to assume from a purely sociological viewpoint, that these "controllers" would have frowned upon women not being in the kitchen to put it mildly.
So how did women break down these barriers and when? I am aware of individual women playing in the ’40s and ’50s, but did the breakthrough come as social attitudes changed in the late ’60s.
I hope you may be able to contribute, as I am genuinely interested in this topic, from a musical and a sociological point of view.
Respectfully and humbly yours,